Opinion

The Matrix at 20

Opinion

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic “The Matrix,” which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes it’s the other way around. On occasion, art can be prophetic. “The Matrix” is such a ...

On the constant hunt for fresh outrage

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It’s a perfect mess befitting our imperfect age. The New York Times announced it was hiring a Sarah Jeong to join its editorial board. A respected reporter on technology and the internet, Jeong is Asian-American. Nanoseconds later, a number of her objectively racist tweets emerged. “Oh ...

Grafius Run survey meshes with reality of summer storms

Editorials

Williamsport officials have begun to distribute a survey door-to-door asking residents for damage assessments caused by Grafius Run floods over the past 10 years. Given the rash of torrential rain storms in recent weeks, the timing could not be better. We suspect some of the residents ...

The free market is curing blindness

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The FDA recently approved a revolutionary drug that could restore sight to 2,000 nearly-blind Americans. Doctors inject the personalized "gene therapy," called Luxturna, directly into patients' eyes. The treatment overrides a rare genetic mutation that causes severe vision problems and ...

Confusion as national policy

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My father was a tough guy. When I was in college, it was much cooler to be a liberal arts major than to be in the school of commerce. Nevertheless, Dad insisted I take not only a couple of accounting courses in the school of commerce, but also a class in business management. Peter Drucker was ...

FDA crackdowns insult the intelligence of most Americans

Editorials

Surely the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters that his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation ...

Liberals against freedom of conscience

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Why is it considered “liberal” to compel others to say or fund things they don’t believe? That’s a question raised by three Supreme Court decisions this year. And it’s a puzzling development for those old enough to remember when liberals championed free speech — even advocacy of ...

Hathaway is hurting race relations

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Dear Ms. Anne Hathaway, Two black sisters at an Oakland, California, subway station were attacked by a knife-wielding white man. He killed one sister, Nia Wilson, and injured the other. The Bay Area Rapid Transit police arrested him. His family reportedly told authorities that he suffered ...

Lagging internet options hurt region, need quick solution

Editorials

It’s not a secret that a significant portion of our lives – especially the working part of it – is heavily impacted by usage of broadband Internet. So when residents of our region don’t have adequate Internet service, they are probably working at a competitive disadvantage ...

CNN pits Lebron James against Trump

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Pro basketball legend LeBron James was interviewed on “CNN Tonight” on July 30. Host Don Lemon warmly congratulated him for opening a school for 240 at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. If only it could’ve ended there, focused just on that. But you knew it ...

Squabbles underscore significance of city government referendum

Editorials

The latest squabble between Williamsport City Council and Mayor Gabriel J. Campana involves insurance broker shopping. Council says the mayor is trying to stop the shopping for an insurance broker who is supposed to work with council and the administration to find the best insurance agencies ...

Trump and Sulzberger on media bias

Opinion

Every president since George Washington has suffered from a critical press. John F. Kennedy canceled all White House subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune because of coverage he regarded as unfavorable. President Obama, who was almost universally adored by mainstream media, ...

The battle over socialism is joined

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It’s begun. We are having a debate over socialism. Not over whether it’s fair to call Democrats socialists. Not over whether socialism has been good for Venezuela or some other faraway, unfortunate country. But no-kidding socialist policies right here in the United States. ...

GOP candidates … on their own

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It’s a safe bet that when President Donald J. Trump was a younger man, he never read “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s American classic about a young child’s awakening to racial prejudice in a sleepy little town in the pre-civil rights South. The admirable Atticus Finch teaches ...

Trump sabotaged by his own lawyer

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In recent weeks, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, now the chief lawyer and principal spokesman for President Donald Trump’s legal team, has offered arguments more harmful to Trump than helpful. In a series of combative, disjointed and logically challenged television rants, Giuliani ...

‘Gag orders’ and city business are never a good mix

Editorials

Penn Strategies is a consulting firm charged with doing the city of Williamsport’s bidding on grants and other funding totaling in the millions of dollars and pertaining to a variety of important initiatives. The firm is, in effect, the city’s key financial agent in attempts to secure ...

NATO isn’t for defending Montenegro

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WASHINGTON — Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently asked President Trump, “Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?” It is a fair question — one that many Americans were asking following Trump’s performance at the NATO summit — and it deserved a better answer ...